Problem: For COF2 draw an appropriate Lewis structure (carbon is the central atom).

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Step 1: Carbon was mentioned as the central atom.


Step 2: The total number of valence electrons present in COF2 is:


            Group             Valence Electrons

C.         4A                   1 × 4 e4 e

F          7A                   2 × 7 e14 e

O          6A                   1 × 6 e6 e

Total:  24 valence e


Step 3:Let’s first connect each atom according to their bonding preferences. 

Halogens such as fluorine only forms 1 bond and oxygen prefers to form 2 bonds.

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For COF2 draw an appropriate Lewis structure (carbon is the central atom).

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